If you watched the last GOP presidential debate, I’m sorry. It was an absolute mess of personality conflicts, interruptions, and meaningless hyperbole. Insults were leveled, moderators were attacked, and records were questioned. Throughout it all, virtually every candidate insisted that they were “the only one on this stage who” either had a concrete plan to solve America’s problems, had the experience necessary to do the job, or both. And yet, there was only one candidate who actually demonstrated in practice his ability to deliver on those promises: Rand Paul.
No, this isn’t a Rand love letter. I personally have concerns with the way he has run his campaign and compromised on several important issues. No one’s perfect. However, he did stand out starkly on that debate stage by, when the subject turned to national spending, pointing out that he was actually going to do something about it. The very next day.
True to his word, Rand Paul filibustered the budget deal that was set to be passed on Thursday, October 29th, over concerns of a suspended national debt limit. This forced the Senate to remain in session until the wee hours of the next morning, and while the measure was eventually passed (as is to be expected), he still provided the only viable monkey wrench to the plan to allow federal spending to rise unchecked. This is significant not because of success (one man can only do so much), but because of action. With virtually every other presidential candidate, all you have are promises. You don’t need to worry if Rand will keep his word once elected, because he already is doing just that.
Political campaigns, especially for the highest office in the United States, are built on empty promises meant to be broken. The American voter should be astute to note candidates’ track record, not of maintaining their policy positions, but of acting on them. Next time a politician says they will fight for your rights, ask: “What have you done already?”
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